Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,

I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I'm stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you've probably heard, I've been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit - who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.

I'm pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chris's movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for "newborn" status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere.

Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn't been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I've been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.

The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.

I'm a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I'll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I'll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.

All best,

Bill Condon

P.S. Answer #1: No, there won't be any musical numbers

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Comment by Alex M. on April 30, 2010 at 10:22pm
i probably would want two movies because the book is so long and everything wont b put into one movie like all the other twilight movies we missed sum stuff n i will b disappointed if they left something really important out that was in the book, like bella's bruises from edward, or jacob n rosalie goin at it wit the name calling (i would like 2 c dat side of jacob) or the birth scene wit all the blood n rosalie lost control, n the amazon vamps, n renesme, or teaching bella 2 hunt or use her powers, like there is too too too much stuff 2 fit in ONE movie unless if the movie is gonna b over 4 hours lol yea right..... so i honestly cant wait for this movie this is my FAVORITE twi book so i defintely have high expectations for this movie.... i cant waittttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Alex M. on April 30, 2010 at 10:27pm
oh n bill seems great i hope he captures more action and powers that r used by the vamps...so my boyfriend doesnt complain about all the romance lol either way i love the books n i cant wait for this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Anikai on May 1, 2010 at 1:23am
traci laugtner ... i hope they dont that is so important ..
bill im glad you took the time out to write to us ... SO THIS IS A UNIVERSAL QUESTION ... one movie or two ??
Comment by Josefine on May 1, 2010 at 1:30am
I really like him, he sounds like a nice guy and i think he will do a very good job with BD! :D
Comment by Thelionandlamb on May 1, 2010 at 2:04am
he better make renesemee real i want to see a real baby lol but i hope it will be gud x
Comment by Sharion Hardaway on May 1, 2010 at 3:20am
Welcome to the world of Twilight, Mr. Condon. We all want you to succeed and give us the best of all the movies with Breaking Dawn (as said above, no pressure there). I, particularly, want to see the richness of characters that come together to defend the Cullens. All of these characters are so vivid in my mind. I, personally, loved the ending...good triumphs over evil without bloodshed but with the use of Bella's amazing powers. After all, this is what all of the books have been leading up to...Bella as a strong woman and hero in her own right..a Mother protecting her own and showing the Volturi exactly what her special power is. So, I wish you well and hope you keep us up to date. You've certainly given us a good start with your letter. I look forward to the journey together!!!!!
Comment by Isabella Marie Swan (Pattinson) on May 1, 2010 at 4:19am
y aurra t-il deux films ou un seul ?
Comment by Denise on May 1, 2010 at 4:57am
In most of the comments, there is mainly generalizations as to what fans want, which scenes are important to them, and their fervent desires. It is the content that is important, case in point: In New Moon, during the birthday scene, when Jasper attacked, in the book it was Edward, who crouched protectively in front of Edward after he threw Jasper aside. Edward not Carlisle. It emphasized the emotional ties between him and Bella. This was a mistake that took away from the depth of the relationship. Melissa got it wrong. This is the type of correction that is needed to make BD a movie that can leave its mark on the hearts of the fans.
Comment by OCDJenni on May 1, 2010 at 5:46am
Wow, whatta guy! Sounds like, as Nordie girl said, he get's it - he understands our world. Can't wait to see what he brings to it :)
Comment by Nikki on May 1, 2010 at 6:13am
I really like him! He will be a great director for Breaking Dawn. I'm positive about it.

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